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Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses

Winning the Fight Against Yourself


  • It was comforting to realise that even personal trainers sometimes falter in relation to motivation. I have made exercise (mainly swimming) part of the routine of my day and that helps. I do it automatically. There are days that are harder, but in the last month I have only missed one day and that was because I wasn't feeling too well. Consequently I have lost 23 lbs in two months, not bad going - 7/15/2012 9:25:41 AM
    If I think of all of the days I'll have to exercise for the rest of my life, I feel like quitting right now. I have to think of exercise as a "just for today" activity. Just for today, I'm going to do strength training. Just for today, I'm going to ride my bike. Just for today, I'm going to go to Zumba. Just for today...makes it more manageable for me. If I had to think, this week I'm going to ride my bike 2 days, go to Zumba 4 days, lift weights 3 days, walk 2 days, etc...I become immobolized. So just for today, I'm going to ride my bike. I'm off! - 7/14/2012 6:04:54 PM
  • Boy, did this article come just in time!! I was thinking just now some great excuses not to get on the treadmill!! I'm on a roll so why stop it now. Well, I'm off to to a couple miles! - 7/14/2012 3:28:29 PM
  • I definitely identify with this article. I will now tell myself that "I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do!" Thanks for the great read! - 7/14/2012 11:24:19 AM
  • excellent article - 7/14/2012 9:45:54 AM
  • This statement "I will do what I need to do, in order to do what I want to do." Made me sit up and take notice. I need to get off the dime and take care of business. - 7/14/2012 8:50:02 AM
  • Wow, I had that argument last night. Lost. Today, I am up and going out the door! Thanks for the pep talk. - 7/14/2012 7:25:16 AM
  • I so needed to read this today. Thank you! - 7/11/2012 2:16:10 PM
  • I'm stealing this motto! "I will do what I need to do, in order to do what I want to do." Thank you! - 7/3/2012 1:50:15 PM
  • Hi, Jason, Today after listening to too many self-talk excuses for not exercisinig, I read your posting. It was just what I needed to get over the hurdle of "don't want to"into the greener pastures of "I will." Your reasoning is convincing, full of good principles for living well, and loving. Plus you are a talented writer. Thank you, thank you! Mary - 6/27/2012 10:45:37 AM
  • Hi Jason:

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful article.

    I LOVE your motto:
    *** "I will do what I need to do, in order to do what I want to do." ***

    Soooo true!! I really needed to read what you wrote.
    I'll definitely check out your other articles : ) !

    Wishing you and yours much peace & happiness,
    - 6/15/2012 11:50:52 PM
  • As I was reading this article I noted my motivator gauge was increasing...............!

    It was nice to know, it doesn't happen to just ME!

    Something else happened when I was walking the other day. Instead of watching my clock to see how much longer I had to walk, I started listening to an audio book my first ever......I missed my turn?!! Walked right past it!! Lol I started laughing.......TRUST me that has never happened to me exercising!

    I loved the article !! Thank you!! - 5/29/2012 10:18:18 PM
  • This article was great!!! I struggle with this same fight everyday, so it was amazing to see that I am not alone. This was truly encouraging... - 5/29/2012 12:32:21 PM
    You said it all! Confessions of a personal trainer. I've always thought of personal trainers as over achievers--never tiring--always up for a challenge. Thank you for showing your humanness. You've given me even more motivation to stick with it. Spark People is the best website anywhere! - 5/18/2012 12:17:17 PM
  • I realize this article has been out there for awhile, but I just came upon it. I too love it! It is not about how much sleep you're getting (or not), or what time you start your workout, or about legitimate REASONS for not working out. It is about the battle many of us have with ourselves, and the commitment it takes to follow through with our decision to take care of our bodies. Our excuses can sound like very good reasons, and you are correct in saying that we can justify and talk ourselves out of anything if we listen to ourselves long enough. It can be difficult to be honest with ourselves. In the end, we have to live with the decisions that we made on a daily basis. - 5/10/2012 1:33:16 AM

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